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investigation and confidential report. the attorney general had previously volunteered to appear before both the senate and house judiciary committees. on may 2nd, 2019, chairman nadler's extraordinary and unreasonable demand that congressional staffers question the attorney general, a cabinet secretary in an oversight hearing, forced the attorney general to forego the hearing. on may 6th, 2019, less than three weeks after issuing the subpoena, chairman nadler introduced a resolution to hold the attorney general in contempt. also on may 16th, 2019, in an effort to accommodate the committee's interest, the department wrote chairman nadler emphasizing, quote, the department of justice continued willingness to engage in good faith with the committee on these issues consistent with his obligations under the law, end >> this meeting of the oust judiciary committee continues on our companion network c-span3, also online at c-span.org. we are going to leave it here and go live to the u.s. house
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of representatives which today is considering legislation dealing with f.d.a. rules for generic drugs. also measures on high speed internet access and indian tribal land. live coverage of the house here on c-span. house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by guest chaplain, reverend richard b. kunst of st. james catholic church, duluth, minnesota. the chaplain: heavenly father we pray blessings on the proceeds of the chamber this day. may the members of congress and all government officials see their governing as a chance to share your authority, o hevenly lord. to this end may the deliberations of today and always support the right of every citizen of the united states to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and may our nation's motto "in god we trust" be more than simple words on our currency,
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but rather, the true spirit in which our great nation is governed. we ask that you continue to be present to this great nation and to answer our prayers by your great love. men. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from virginia, ms. wexton. ms. wexton: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. stauber, is recognized for one minute. mr. stauber: thank you very much. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my comments.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. stauber: thank you, mr. chair. i rise today to recognize my friend, father richard kunst, an ordained catholic priest for the diocese of duluth and northern minnesota. before ordination he was a senate staffer for the united states senator rod grahams out of minnesota. he earned his b.a. in political science from st. mary's university in wynonna, minnesota, and masters of divinity in collegeville, minnesota. he has had several parish assignments in northeastern minnesota including parishes in pray yard, cromwell, and three different assignments in duluth. he was the vocations director for the diocese for 12 years and has been the bishop's representative for the newspaper. the northern cross, since 19 -- since 2005. father kunst has been the auditor of the tribunal since
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2000. as a hobby, he collects artifacts associates with the history of the vatican and the popes and has one of the largest private collections in the world. i consider father kunst to be a great friend, as well as my wife. i am grateful he'll be here today to open this wonderful chamber up with a prayer. i yield back my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent toe address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> before the affordable care act americans suffering with cancererer, alzheimer's, diabetes, parkinson's disease could be denied health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition. mr. higgins: a genetic predisposition millions of americans are born into. insurance companies can't do that anymore because it's
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against the law because of the affordable care act. the trump administration wants to take away that protection. has asked a texas court of appeals to fully repeal the affordable care act and pre-existing conditions protections. this week the house will vote to approve the protecting americans with pre-existing conditions act. in my western new york community alone, nearly 300,000 people need the protection for pre-existing conditions that the affordable care act provides. americans deserve quality health care insurance that is accessible and affordable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize capital worship which is a mission that is near and dear to my heart. for the past eight years pastor
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dan and his wife have ministered to members of congress, staff, and the capitol police. they share the love and gospel of jesus christ through weekly prayer services and bible studies. each year they host and produces the carols in the capitol business concert. the washington ammana prayer event commemorates when president george washington was sworn in at federal hall in new york city on april 30, 1789. president washington accompanied by congress proceeded to st. paul's chapel where one of his first official acts as president was offer prayers of dedication to god on behalf of america's -- to god on america's behalf. this is truly a remarkable event made possible by pastor dan and joanne. mr. speaker, capitol worship fosters strong personal and bipartisan relationships between members of both political parties.
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le i congratulate pastor dan and joanne on their dedication to this awesome mission. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> mr. speaker, enough is enough. another week, another school shooting. this time right outside my district at the stem highlands ranch school. my heartaches for everybody there. ms. degette: you know something? that is so far from enough. people say it's too soon, we can't talk about gun safety. but you know what, tell that to the survivors of columbine, only seven miles away from this school, who have been waiting for 20 years forer it to be time.
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tell that to the sandy hook parents. tell that to the thousands of parents around this country who have lost their children in school shootings and just simply shootings on street corners. the time has come. we need commonsense gun safety legislation and we need it now. and until then, the blood of these children and all of the other children are on all of our hands. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i stand recognize a long career and service of clinton columbus jones, the dean of the financial service committee republican staff. clinton has been on the hill for over 23 years, and he's leaving to join the federal housing finance agency. a native of both kansas and my home state of north carolina, clinton first came to capitol
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hill in 1993 after earning an urban planning degree and law degree from university of north carolina at chapel hill. i don't agree with his choice of university, he's a fine and upstanding human being who has had a fantastic career on the hill. he served under seven different full committee chairmen on the financial services committee, eight republican housing subcommittee chairman and ranking members, and helped draft some of the most important housing bills in this generation. including equality housing and responsibility act of 1998. the bigger waters flood insurance form modernization act of 2012. he's taught prelaw at howard university for over 20 years. as a single father to a wonderful 15-year-old son and great student, clinton the fourth, we hate to see you go, but we thank you for your service not just to this institution but to the american people. we cherish your friendship, the
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knowledge you have imparted. with that i ask my colleagues to give a moment of recognition to clinton jones. ield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. wexton: in an unprecedented move, the trump administration issued dangerous guidance last year that could effectively eliminate protections for americans with pre-existing conditions. the administration's guidance puts coverage for the over 130 million americans with pre-existing conditions at risk. our friends and neighbors, americans who have had cancer, americans who have high blood pressure, americans who have been pregnant would all be at risk of being priced out of their health insurance or being denied coverage outright. mr. speaker, we can't go back.
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health care is complicated, but this issue is not. no american should ever be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. not now, not ever. that's why i will be supporting the protecting americans with pre-existing conditions act on the house floor this week and i urge my colleagues to do the same. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize suffolk county police officer thomas wilson n responding to a 9-1-1 hangup call, he came upon a female victim with severe stab wounds and armed assailant who refused to surrender. thanks to his quick and measured thinking, while assuming clear risk to his own life, officer wilson was able to subdue and arrest the armed
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assailant and provide lifesaving first aid to the female victim. his courageous actions have earned him the silver shield award from suffolk county p.b.a. and he'll soon receive the combat medal from suffolk county p.d. those who know officer wilson are not surprised. this is the same man who worked on the pile of the aftermath of 9/11 for 350 hours and traveled to d.c. dozens of times to fight and fully fund the victim compensation fund. on behalf of our entire commute, nation, i thank him for his continued sr. viss. i yield back. -- service. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate the armand high school color guard ranked
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number one in california. they won the championships in las vegas, nevada, and last april brought home the silver medal of the world color guard championships in dayton, ohio. they have proven that hard work, practice, and teamwork can bring success. led by the director, i'm so proud of the team members. mr. cox: i look forward to your future victories and success i know you'll have in life. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating the team. go, bears. thank you, madam speaker. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. a few weeks ago our nation observed national public health week. and i rise today to honor the work and accomplishments of a leading figure in public health in lancaster county, dr. hilda shirk, who is retiring after seven years as president an c.e.o. of lancaster health center. dr. shirk has been a tireless add could he vow cat for public health and ensures everyone has access to quality care and been a tremendous leader in our community. just last year the health center that she leads logged over 80,000 patient visits. mr. speaker, dr. shirk led the health center during a pivotal time in the organization's history. under her shed fast leadership she grew the -- steadfast leadership he she grew the organization in many ways including its operating budget, increasing the staff, and accessible at thuetue new
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sites. she will be retiring later this year. mr. smucker: it's a pleasurer to honor such an incredible community leader. we thank her for her years of service and wish her well in her retirement. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it's with a heavy heart that i rise today to recognize and remember a dear friend and devoted lifelong public servant, my former executive assistant, ann marie feeney. she began her four r more than four decades in congress in the 1970's with senator robert byrd, retired from my office in 2014. she was a force to be reckoned with, having served through eight presidencies and 20 congresses. she knew her stuff. at the beginning of her career, she spear leded the charge to
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bring full-time childcare of congress for both members and staff. mr. schrader: when i was first elected in 2008, it was ann marie who helped me set up my office and guided me through the ins and outs of congress. i credit her with billingd the close n.i.t. family durel my office has. my thoughts this past two weeks have been with her daughter and son-in-law and grandson. her sister and brother-in-law. as we mourn a great loss and remember the incredibly strong and caring woman that was ann marine feeney. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to talk about an issue of grave concern in my district. the skyline the skyline drive corridor has become the center of a drug oblem that is harming my
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district. it's led to the formation of the skyline drug team, which has carried out arrests including of someone thought to be a member of a mexican drug cartel that had caused unfathomable damage, according to a judge, to our community. in the fifth district of virginia the damage is real and lasting. it is necessary for the safe i have to my constituents to have the region designated as a high intensity drug area to give law enforcement the resources they need to continue this fight against drugs. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces the speaker's appointment pursuant to 22 u.s.c. 6913 and the order of the house of january 3, 2019, of the following members on the part of the house to the congressional executive commission on the people's republic of china. the clerk: ms. kaptur of ohio,
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mr. swosee of new york, mr. smith of new jersey and mr. mast of florida. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to prules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. eshoo: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1520. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman move to pass the bill as amended? >> yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 1520 a bill to
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amend the public health service act to provide for publication of licensed biological products and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo, and the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. eshoo: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1520. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. eshoo: i yield to myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. eshoo: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1520, the purple book continuity act of 2019. i'm proud that my bipartisan legislation is being considered because it makes important updates and improvements to the
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food and drug administration's purple book. i'm also pleased that it's the first drug pricing bill to be considered by the full house this congress. the legislation makes it easier for manufacturers to research and develop biosimilars, which are essentially generic biological products, and drive down prescription drug prices for the american people. the so-called purple book lists biological products, including biosimilars, that are licensed by the f.d.a. the purple book is a resource published by the f.d.a. that includes very important information about existing products, about including designations that extend the products' exclusivity and what active patents each product has. today the f.d.a. is not statutorily required to publish this information. nor is the agency required to update the resource in a timely manner.
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the purple book also is not currently user friendly and it's burdensome for companies to access and use. companies relie on the purple book to inform their research and development activities and it's imperative that the resource is up to date and easily accessible so they can move quickly to produce cost-saving biosimilar drugs which are essentially, as i said previously, generic versions of the most complex, high cost biological products. the purple book continuity act builds on previous work to promote the development of biosimilars and other alternatives to the highest priced biological products by putting necessary patent information into an easily accessible resource so companies can more efficiently and effectively direct their work to develop biosimilars. the purple book continuity act
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takes an important step to make it easier for the manufacturers to access patents and exclusivity information they need to invest in the development so that drug prices, the whole point is so that drug prices can be lowered for the american people. so the purple look continuity act passed the energy and commerce committee by voice vote last month and today i urge my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas second -- the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. burgess: i rise in support of h.r. 1520, the purple book continuity act. this bill has move through the regular order on the energy and commerce committee. and does in fact have broad bipartisan support. this may be only a small part of
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solving the problems of drug pricing, however, it is an important part of that question. through the biologic price competition and innovation act, congress established a pathway for biosimilars to enter the therapeutic market so that patients would have more treatment options, more access to life-saving medications and lower health care costs. as the food and drug administration -- and the -- as the food and drug administrator at the time, scott gottlieb, announced there's a plan to increase availability. it would focus on increasing competition by reducing delatos entry, improving efficient city -- efficient soif the biosimilar development and develop a communications strategy to promote biosimilars. the purple book plays an important role in biosimilar development. it lists the licensed biologic products including any biosimilar or interchangeable
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biologic product and any relevant exclusivity information. the purple book is not currently required by law and takes the form of two separate and sometimes cumbersome p.d.f. files. h.r. 1520 codifies the purple book and requires the food and drug administration to publish the information in a searchable format similar to the orange book. this bill will make the purple book a more useful tool for developers of biosimilars in addition to providers, payers and patients. the food and drug administration provided us with important feedback that would ensure that the agency will be able to effectively implement this legislation should it become law. enhancing the purple book is critical to the transparency of the relevant intellectual property protections as well as other factors considered by the developers of biosimilars.
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i certainly want to thank the chairwoman for her willingness to work with us and the agency on this important issue. i'm pleased to co-sponsor this bill and i urge other members to support it this amp. i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: i don't have any more speakers. i'm prepared to close if my republican colleague doesn't have any other speakers on his side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i yield myself the balance of our time, i have no other speakers, i urge passage -- i urge support of this bill on passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. ms. eshoo: i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.l. 1520 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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ms. eshoo: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed. for what purpose does the jovepl from california seek recognition? ms. eshoo: i move suspend the ules and pass h.r. 1503. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman move to pass the bill as amended? ms. eshoo: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 25, h.r. 1503, a bill to amend the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act regarding the list under section 505-j-7 of the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo, and the gentleman from
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texas, mr. burgess each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. shea: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1520. -- 1503. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. such time as ield i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. eshoo: i rise in support of h.r. 1503. this is a different color book, it's the orange book transparency act. sponsored by the gentlewoman from illinois, congresswoman robin kelly. her bipartisan legislation makes important updates to the food and drug administration's orange book to ensure that this
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resource is accurate and up to date to promote the development of generic drugs that save so many americans so much money. when it passed in 1984, the drug price competition and patent term restoration act also referred to as hatch-waxman, created the orange book as a resource for drug manufacturers to reference when deciding when and how to seek approval for new drug products. the so-called orange book contains valuable information, is regularly referenced by manufacturers, and is published in a user friendly way on f.d.a.'s website. but this resource has not been updated since it was created in 1984. that's a long time ago. it's over three decades ago. the orange book transparency act makes important updates to the resource to adapt to the changes in drug development since hatch-waxman became law.
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generic drug manufacturers rely heavily on the orange book and it's imperative that this resource is accurate and up to date so drug manufacturers can invest in products that promote competition and lower drug pricers in american people. the orange book transparency act passed the energy and commerce committee by voice vote last month and i was proud to support it. i urge my colleagues to support the orange book transparency act today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thanks, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i rise in support of h.r. 1503, the orange book transparency act of 2019. this is a bipartisan product that move through the the energy and commerce committee and i would like to thank representative robin kelly for introducing this legislation. the publication of the approved
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drug product therapeutic equivalents evaluation, the orange book, lists drug products that have been abriveed the food and drug administration on the basis of safety and effectiveness. importantly, the orange book lists therapeutic equivalents evaluations for approved multisource prescription drug products in addition to relevant patent and exclusivity information. this publication provides information to state health agencies, prescribers and others to inform decision making and allow for the containment of health care costs as well as educate the public. preliminary version of the orange book was introduced in january of 1979. it was not until 1984 with the enactment of the drug price competition that patent term restoration act of 1984, known as the hatch-waxman act, that congress codified the orange book. this bill amends existing statute to make the orange book more useful, particularly for
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manufacturers of generic drugs. this bill will allow drug manufacturers to know which products face competition and when they'll no longer be protected by pat ens. insurance companies, doctors, and patients will be able to determine when a generic alternative is available to the more expensive branned product. the food and drug administration is already performing the practices contained in this bill but the legislation would codify current practice and ensure that certain patents are listed in the orange book. additionally the patents found invalid would have to be removed following the conclusion of any appeal prosssess. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, i now would like to recognize the the of h.r. 1503,
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gentlewoman from illinois, wonderful member of the health subcommittee, congresswoman robin kelly, for four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. kelly: thank you, todr.y to my bill, h.r. 1503, the orange book transparency act and the critical issue of transparency in the drug and medical device development space. should my major leagues vote in favor of this significant bill, this will more efficiently achieve lower costs and higher quality lifesaving medicines for consumers t will enhance market competition by getting generic drugs to market more rapidly. as much data show u. enhancing the market for generic drugs someone of the quickest ways to lower the cost that consumers pay at the farmcy. two things matter to me with recare costs. one, we must be proactive in enhancing transparency with regard to the information made available to generic drug
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developers. most importantly we must improve efficiency in the market for prescription drugs in order to ultimately lower costs to patients, their families, and caregivers. the orange book transparency act addresses both these points by ensuring clarity and patience and patent and exclusive information maintained by f.d.a. it is also requireder that the government accountability office study the effects of listing drug delivery patents in the orange book. to be very clear, i support intellectual property protections for those researching and developing innovative treatments, but we have the responsibility to close loopholes that allow drugmakers to prevent timely access to information that would lead to new generic drug development, increasing patient access and affordability. today i present a strong and straightforward piece of legislation to get lowereder cost drugs so americans in my district and across the country.
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i'm ecstatic this bill is not only straightforward but also party bipartisan. i thank my colleague from kentucky, mr. guthrie, for his work on this bill. and key stakeholders for their feedback. this act moves us in the right direction towards transparency and lower drug costs. i urge all my colleagues to vote in support of h.r. 1503 today. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from kentucky, the republican ranking member of the oversight investigation subcommittee of the energy and commerce committee, i'll recognize him for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guthrie: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1503, the orange book transparency act of 2019. the food and drug administration's list of a approved brand name therapeutic
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drug products known as the orange book plays an important role for drug development. h.r. 1503 will ensure the orange book continues to be effective and accurate. by requiring drug companies to provide up-to-date information on patents that are relevant to each individual drug. it also directs the government accountability office to study the impact of the patients being listed in the orange -- patents being listed in the orange book. i want to thank congresswoman can kelly from illinois for herer commitment to maintaining the value of the orange book to drug manufacturers, payers, providers, and patients. i appreciate her willingness to work together in a bipartisan manner and urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1503. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, i don't have any more speakers on this
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side. don't know if my colleague on the other -- dr. burgess does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i yield myself the balance of the time. h.r. 1503 would support the work that the food and drug administration is already conducting and facilitate competition in the marketplace. i therefore urge my fellow members to support this important legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and as i do i urge all members of the house to support this bipartisan legislation that is going to move us closer to our overall goal of lowering the cost of prescription drugs for the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back.
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the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1503, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ms. eshoo: on that i demand -- the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 , further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1328, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1328, a bill to establish the office of internet connectivity and growth and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, and the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. brooks, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous material on h.r. 1328, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i yield to myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to support h.r. 1328, the advancing critical connectivity expanse service, small business resources, opportunities access, and database on assessed need and demand act, or the access broadband act. i first want to thank my good friend, representative brooks, for partnering with me on this legislation. i also thank the bipartisan group of members who have co-sponsored and supported this legislation, including the many members of the energy and commerce committee who agree that these simple steps can can can make a big difference for
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the local communities that our federal broadband programs are meant for. let be me be clear. this bill is about serving the people. while a number of valuable federal broadband initiatives exist, they are siloed in different agencies and are not often coordinated with one another. as a result, the process for a local community and business leaders can be confusing. h.r. 1328, the access broadband act, would establish a coordinating office for federal broadband resources by creating an office of internet connectivity and growth within the national telecommunications and information administration at our department of commerce. helping these constituents gain access to broadband internet in the capital region is one of the reasons i sought to join the energy and commerce committee and why i have worked to advance this legislation. access to high speed broadband internet service is increasingly essential. today people rely on base line
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internet access for banking, find a job, do their homework, communicate with their doctor or other health care provider, communicate with their loved ones, petition their government, and so much more. yet many americans still do not have reliable, high speed internet service at home. while a number of valuable federal broadband initiatives exist, they are side of the aisle heoed in different ed ncies and -- they are silo in different agencies. as a result, the process can be confusing. h.r. 1328, the advancing critical can connectivity expanse service, small business resources opportunities access and databased on assessed need and demand or access broadband act would establish a coordinating office. it would hold regional workshops to share best practices and steages for supporting local business and community leaders interested in expanding broadband access and
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its adoption. our bill with would also direct the office of internet connectivity and growth to consult with any agency offering a federal broadband support to streamline the application process and to the greatest extent practicable to create one universal application regardless of which federal agency or office is involved. most importantly, this new office, mr. speaker, will be charged with coordinating broadband support, provided by all of our federal agencies that had working to solve this problem. including support offered at the federal communications commission and the rural ue tilt service at the department of -- utilityity service at the department of agriculture. furthermore, the bill clarifies nothing in this act would alter or amend any provision of the section of law that also authorizes the fcc's universe service fund. h.r. 1328 is an important bill that would help speed up broadband deployment to
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unserved and underserved areas and promote broadband adoption. there is still much more work to be done on this issue. and i do hope that this can can serve as a starting place for us to open doors of opportunity and access to millions of americans by investing in broadband expansion. i would thank all of the members and staff working together on access broadband, helping ensure that our communities can access the broadband resources that they need to grow and prosper. the access broadband act is a bipartisan commonsense bill, and i do urge my colleagues to support it. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from indiana is recognized. mrs. brooks: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. brooks: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 1328, the access broadband act. i'd also like to take this time to thank my colleague, representative tonko, for asking me to partner on this
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very important bill. i want to thank you and your team for this work. why is this bill so important? put it simply people in every state of our country, including indiana, need better access to the internet. this is no surprise to us. every time i'm home, back in the fifth district, hoosiers, particularly from rural areas, tell me they are afraid of being left behind in the 21st century economy because we continue to be more and more reliant on technology. i have spoken to many members of the indiana farm bureau who have voiced their continued concerns with the level of connectivity in indiana and as we have learned throughout the country. they cannot wait and hope for new technology to fix their connectivity problems that have existed for years. additionally, today more and more schools require homework to be submitted electronically, tests being taken online. class notes are posted on school's websites. when students can't access the internet, they often have to travel to a library daily to
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keep up with their studies or they risk falling behind their class. we can't forget about the impact the internet has had on businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses. this week is national small business week and small businesses from across the country are meeting with members of congress or their staff about the obstacles they face as they work to grow their businesses. each year these advocates highlight the need for federal government to better support their efforts and a significant part of that equation is working to ensure better and faster access to the internet, no matter where their business is located or no matter how large or small it is. when small businesses don't have broadband internet access, their communities suffer, they miss opportunities to create new jobs, drive innovation, and increase our country's global competitiveness. for all of these reasons and more, we must do more to support our communities and-n an age where internet connectivity is crucial to success. indiana's recognized this need
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and made a commitment to invest $100 million in supporting broadband access across the state for underserved areas. this next level connections program is exactly the kind of idea that the access broadband act will help support. by making federal resources easier to access, indiana will be better able to better support its own internet access efforts. the access broadband act is an important step in this. it will enable the administration to create an office to coordinate all the various efforts that support broadband deployment an access. it will perform outreach to communities in every country of our country november them how they can best support internet access development. it will also require the office to have standardized applications for assistance or grants and work to create a
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single application for all support programs. the bill is about bringing broadband communication into the lives of our constituents. i'm glad congress is acting on a solution to help address this problem faced not only by hoosier bus americans across the country. i want to thank the gentleman from new york, representative tonko, once again for allowing me to partner with him on this legislation. i look forward to working with you in the future on similar issues to ensure that our country and our constituents are wired and ready to compete. thank you, i urge all my colleagues in the house to support this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: we have no further speakers on our side and i'm ready to close. i thank representative brooks for co-sponsoring this legislation. if she's prepared to close, i'm ready to do so. mrs. brooks: i've already closed, yes. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i would again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1328.
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it underscores the very relevance and important of broadband in today's society. it speaks to fairness for all communities, certainly for all households, businesses, and the like. so it is a way for us to offer greater partnership with government, more effective governance, with this given phenomenon of technology. and so i encourage my creags -- colleagues to support that. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1328 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair lays before the house the following communication.
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the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate a.m. 8, 2019, at 11:00 appointment, congressional executive commission on the people's republic of china. commission on security and cooperation in europe, helsinki. signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call n,
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c-span.org or the free c-span radio app. host: representative ralph norman serves the state of south carolina. he is a member of the budget and oversight committee. also a member of the newly minted anti-socialism caucus. good morning to you. guest: good morning. host: how did that caucus come about? guest: it started in february officially. the otherewart was representative with me. our motive, since the discussion is all over the country with democratic candidates, socialism and those who embrace it, is to spread and talk about it, what it is, give people more of an understanding of free

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